Nanaimo Tourism Bulletins
Nanaimo Experiences a Record High Hotel Occupancy in August!
August 31, 2018
The Nanaimo accommodations sector showed record occupancy for the month of August, while the Nanaimo Airport experienced another month of very strong growth in traffic with an increase of 34.59%. Forest Fires, no doubt, diverted travellers from other parts of the province.
July Occupancy Rate Soars Over Last Year!
August 28, 2018
Last month we predicted that the strong performance reflected in Nanaimo’s June accommodation indicators would continue and July stats have proven this to be true as the community experienced a significant 9.2% increase in its July occupancy rate.
June Occupancy Well Up Over Last Year
July 31, 2018
June was a banner month for tourism on much of the island and this is reflected in Nanaimo’s accommodation indicators which show an 84% occupancy rate (up almost 7% over last year) and a $118 RevPAR rate (up more than $16 over last year).
Another Hotel Development Cancellation a Blow to Nanaimo
June 29, 2018
According to the realtor, the owners of the property at 15 Front Street have decided to sell due to increased construction costs (projected costs are now over $13 million, a significant increase from the $8 million that was budgeted).
Accommodation Indicators Up After Slow Start
June 15, 2018
After a slow first quarter for Nanaimo’s accommodation sector, both April and year-to-date accommodation indicators have improved relative to the same periods last year. The April occupancy rate was up by almost 2% to just over 74% for the month.
Wobbly Tourism Performance in First Quarter
March 31, 2018
Transportation indicators have been strong in the first quarter with both BC Ferries and the Nanaimo Airport experiencing strong year-over-year and year-to-date growth. However, occupancy was down by 8% compared to March of last year and, on a year-to-date basis.
Transportation Numbers Up – Occupancy Down!
February 28, 2018
While transportation statistics are mostly up from 2017, hotel occupancy is down 7.6 % from February 2017, and 3.59% YTD. Weather conditions have been poor, affecting close-in visitation on weekends. Nanaimo is more than ready for Spring to arrive!
2018 Tourism Activity Off and Running!
January 31, 2018
Following a year of positive tourism growth in 2017, we’re pleased to report that Nanaimo’s tourism indicators were largely up in January 2018 compared to January 2017. BC Ferries’ passenger and vehicle counts are up notably on both routes.